The idea sounds like it is straight out of a sci-fi thriller, and that is because it is – the warp drive was fist seen in Star Trek, allowing for superluminal spacecraft propulsion across the cosmos. According to Albert Einstein’s special relativity theory, the problem of a material object exceeding the speed of light is that an infinite amount of kinetic energy would be required. But, this can theoretically be solved by warping space to move an object instead of increasing the kinetic energy of the object to do so, and it is exactly what Dr Harold Sonny White told NASA in 2012.

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